Pork producers fight NSW ethanol mandate
Australian pork producers are not happy with the NSW Government's decision
to increase the mandated level of ethanol in fuel.
Australian Pork Limited general manager for policy, Kathleen Plowman, said if
the proposal was legislated, it would distort the grains market, putting further
pressure on food prices by driving up the cost of grain and grain dependent meat
industries such as pork.
"A succession of international studies has
shown that, far from helping to cut global carbon dioxide emissions, (starch
based) biofuel production can often give off more carbon dioxide than it saves,"
she said. "Therefore, internationally governments are moving away from policy
assistance towards grain based ethanol production because of concerns for food
security and the environmental sustainability of this
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